Yesterday we looked at remixes issued by Virgin in 2006. The next in the Roxy Color series hit the racks in 2007, and were in fact, the first of these I purchased as downloads in 2010. I was deciding whether to collect the hard copy of these on vinyl, but that would have cost a small fortune; and for post-modern remixes I wasn’t even sure I was okay with! Then the appeal of cheap DLs began to shine. So I tried them. How were they?
Roxy Music: Remixes [Orange] UK 12″/DL 
- The Main Thing [Rub ‘N Tug Proton Saga] 6:10
- Same Old Scene [Glimmers Mix] 6:45
Fave “Avalon” deep cut “The Main Thing” was delivered in a stripped down mix that lost my favorite thing about the track; its luxuriant rhythm track with those stately percussion clatters. In its place were fairly lifeless loops and a new synth bass line which wasn’t much compared to the awesome slink of Neil Jason’s original. On the other hand, the vocals were right up front instead of being buried in the mix. A rhumba-inspired piano rhythm was a different addition to the vibe. I was less than convinced by the overused dubbed out guitar lick loop which overstayed its welcome by half. In its favor, the song didn’t seem lost as the vibe had been changed, but not quite fatally. When the string patches and the isolated and up front backing vocals made their appearance in the fadeout coda, it was a welcome thing. I liked the re-deployment of the strings, actually. A pretty fair, if weaker, remix at the end of the day. Sample.
I’ll be frank. “Same Old Scene” is my go-to late period Roxy Music track! its 3:54 running time always caused me angst that there was not an extended version; until now. The track kicked off with a snare/hi-hat tempo and the classic CR-78 rhythm box brought right up front. One could almost imagine a mashup with “Heart Of Glass” happening before your very ears. [memo to self: has anyone done this?] swooshing synths aren’t a bad addition to the cut, but right up front, the sleek lead synth lines whose gazelle-like agility were compromised by the decision to stutter these lines with gating to emphasize their rhythmic possibilities. Bad form! That was my absolutely favorite thing about the track!
Fortunately, everything else about this remix pushes the buttons in the pleasure center of my brain. Alan Spenner’s awesome bass line? Isolated and in my face! Yessssss! This is a remix that can stand proudly with the “Angel Eyes” mixes from yesterday as a sterling example of making a post-modern remix of a song that I dearly love that finds new ways to prolong it [and even enhance it] without throwing the baby out with the bathwater. It remains a bittersweet, yet gossamer, disco confection of abject heartbreak waiting to happen. Enjoy. I did… and enough to investigate the rest of the Roxy Color series.
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